A Focus on Nature

Our next exhibition  is coming soon, opening with a preview evening on Friday 17th August 6-9pm and running until 1st September. (Normal gallery and shop opening hours Fridays and Saturdays 10-5pm and by appointment any other time). We’re always excited to see how the gallery space will be transformed and this month it will be:

‘A Focus on Nature’

Artwork and photography celebrating nature in all its diversity, by three of our local creatives; Joanne Cooper, Michele McDonald and Mark Smith.


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Joanne Cooper 

LIMINAL: a threshold; at the border between two places.

This work explores the boundaries between man and nature. A consciousness of our position in relation to our surroundings allows us to appreciate the vast beauty of existence. We may think we have tamed our environment, but when viewed from this perspective we are humbled and awestruck.

We are shown in our true light – insignificant. However our appreciation of that insignificance can trigger our creativity. Creativity is our nature.

Joanne is a commercial photographer based in Moira, near Ashby de la Zouch, when she is not undertaking a varied range of commissions for local businesses she continues with her personal projects studying our relationship with our surroundings.



Michele McDonald

I was born in Newcastle NSW Australia hence my alter ego ‘Redroo Creatives’ and have a background in Graphic Design and Fine Art.

I am passionate about all types of creativity, from simple sketching to sculpting and manipulation in digital form.  I was fortunate enough to have spent a childhood living at a farm and surrounded by nature, which explains my ever increasing collection of pets (3 chickens named after my sisters, 2 rabbits and a cat called Priestly).  I love to interpret my vision of nature in a variety of forms and for this exhibition I have mixed collage with digitalisation along with wire sculpting to form some quirky fun artwork, with the common theme being a love heart to depict my love of nature.  I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I enjoyed creating them.



Mark Smith – Photographer

I was born in Derbyshire and got my first camera at 12 and have been hooked ever since.I love the feeling of finding that one perfect photograph in amongst the 100s that I take. I’m fascinated by nature and all of its diversities, which is what draws me to reinterpret what I see to others.  The images I’ve chosen depict the wonder and beauty of nature, both in their softness and vibrancy, which I have captured using macro photography.

Every photograph tells a story and an image lasts a lifetime

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